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Sustainable Construction and Retrofitting Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) - public consultation

Homeowners: what this means for you

This Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) aims to support people in our district to make homes more energy efficient, with less of an impact on the Climate Emergency. It gives guidance on adding improvements to existing buildings to make them more environmentally friendly. Your views on the document can help to ensure that this policy takes account of your needs and makes it easier for you to make changes to your home in a sustainable way.

As a homeowner, the guidance in the SPD aims to ensure that if you decide to implement retrofitting measures (improvements added to an existing building), you can make them more energy efficient. This may mean that your home is warmer, and your energy and water bills are lower.

The following parts of the SPD may be of particular interest to you:

The 'Quick Wins' Checklist

This page offers cheap or free tips to help you to make your home more environmentally friendly. This includes:

  • Wasting less energy
  • Using less water
  • Saving and recycling more water

You don't need to get planning permission or expert help to implement them. 

Retrofitting measures

This part of the SPD provides practical, step by step guidance, with everything you'll need to know if you are considering making improvements to your home to make it more environmentally friendly. The advice covers over 29 potential improvements, or retrofitting measures, that you may wish to make.

Sustainable construction principles

If you are considering building your own home, or adding an extension or outbuilding, these principles can guide you and your architect or builder to create the most energy efficient construction. This should make your building more adaptable to future climate change, and to save energy and water in the meantime, lowering maintenance costs and bills. 

Affordable warmth

This section provides practical guidance and sets out policy to help people on lower incomes, who may find it hard to afford to heat their homes. It aims to make it easier for you to keep warm in your own home, while minimising harmful impacts of burning fossil fuels on the environment. 

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